Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
- Federal Courts Look to Contain Costs in Lean Times discusses the use and impact of the CM/ECF system
- Payment of Court Fees Via the Internet Grows in Popularity reports on the growing use of credit card payment by attorneys.
- Electronically Stored Information Target of New Rules talks about new amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedures.
- Robust IT Program Benefits Courts and Public: An Interview with Judge Thomas Vanaskie who is chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on Information Technology and a speaker at the E-Courts 2006 conference.
Thursday, December 7, 2006
Monday, December 4, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
- Michael Rempel, Research Director at the Center for Court Innovation.
- Peter F. Luongo, Ph.D., Director of the Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration.
- Judge Terry D. Terrell, First Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.
- Moderated by Thomas J. Charron, Executive Director of the National District Attorneys Association.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
He features a lot of court forms, a streaming video interview as well as other information to help litigants navigate their way through the judicial system. Well done!
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Tuesday, September 5, 2006
Monday, September 4, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Thursday, August 3, 2006
On the input side, courts have done an excellent job of posting their forms in editable formats and PDF. But very few have "connected the dots" by using these forms as data sources in their E-filing projects. I find that it is particularly interesting that progress in this area is being made in the integrated justice projects with GJXDM technology rather than in civil case E-filing. For example, at CTC8, Orange County, Florida Integrated Justice System project showed their automated criminal complaint systems and at the upcoming E-Courts Conference this December, the Maricopa County, Arizona Integrated Justice System will be showing their electronic warrant system.
Further, most court automation seem to still treat court generated documents as reports or as separate standalone systems. When a court creates a document using word processing software, it should not simply be printed on paper. It should also be stored electronically and linked to the case management system. There are many ways that this can be done and I'll write about a few of them next week.
Friday, July 28, 2006
Thursday, July 6, 2006
Tuesday, June 6, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Submitted by: Nial Raaen, Director of Trial Court Services, Michigan Supreme Court
The Michigan State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) announces the release of its statewide web-based drug court case information system (DCCMIS). The DCCMIS is designed to support drug court case management and the collection and analysis of drug court data. The DCCMIS project began in late 2003 when SCAO requested technical assistance from the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) to recommend an approach to improve drug court automation in the state. NCSC further assisted with the preparation of a request for proposal (RFP) to develop a drug court case management system for statewide implementation. Five focus group meetings were held with drug court users and key stakeholders to refine RFP requirements. An advisory committee of drug court users was convened to review vendor proposals and evaluate system demonstrations. Following a review of ten proposals, the advisory committee recommended that the contract be awarded to Advanced Computer Technologies (ACT) of Montgomery, Alabama.
Development of the DCCMIS software application commenced in January 2005 with site visits to observe court processes and define user requirements in local trial and tribal courts. A users' focus group was then convened to review the design of vendor's current drug court software and identify changes needed to incorporate requirements unique to Michigan. SCAO drug court staff also led a data standards committee to identify required data elements for drug court evaluation. The alpha-version DCCMIS application was then presented to more than 50 users during software testing sessions conducted at the Michigan Hall of Justice in late summer 2005. Final testing of the system was completed at selected beta sites.
The on-going costs of system hosting and maintenance are covered by SCAO. The only cost to local drug courts will be for high speed internet connection and upgrades to PC software and hardware, if needed. All courts that receive state funding through the Michigan Drug Court Grant Program will use the system as a condition of their funding beginning in fiscal year 2007. Other drug courts are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.
System training starts with a brief site visit to assess each court's readiness for implementation. Courts are responsible for ensuring that they meet necessary hardware and software requirements. Training begins with a regional session for groups of court users, followed by live training at each court site. The SCAO training team is large enough to allow concurrent deployment of the system at several sites. Training and implementation was completed at 54 drug courts within five months of system release. Help desk services and an online users' manual are provided by the vendor, along with on-going support and training from SCAO.
The DCCMIS analysis component will provide users the ability to conduct descriptive and comparative bi-variant analysis of their data without the need to export data into other statistical programs. The system will allow users to select out subgroups of clients using any combination of the variables collected in the system, and provide the analytic tools to describe the frequency, percent, mean, standard deviation, and range of each subgroup. Differences between subgroup characteristics and recidivism can be tested. This will provide managers quick access to information and measurable program performance to assist with strategic planning and administrative decision making.
Funding for the DCCMIS has been provided in part by grants from the Michigan Office of Drug Control Policy and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. For questions regarding our project contact Ms. Emily Taylor in the SCAO Drug Court Programs Office at (517) 373-7351 or TaylorE@courts.mi.gov.
Friday, April 21, 2006
Friday, April 7, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
- Eleven (11) Batters Intervention Programs (BIPS)
- Florida Department of Children and Families
- Florida Department of Corrections
- Palm Beach District Schools
- Palm Beach District Courts (15th Judicial Circuit)
- Palm Beach County Probation (Pride)
- Palm Beach County Public Safety Victim Services.
- State Attorney's Office (15th Judicial Circuit)
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Friday, March 17, 2006
Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Friday, March 3, 2006
Wednesday, March 1, 2006
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Monday, February 20, 2006
Monday, February 13, 2006
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